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CM Box

A national turn-key crop monitoring system, the CM Box is a training package for FAO crop monitoring and forecasting software. Interested countries receive a combination of training, hardware and software customized for local use, as well as the real-time data required to operate the system in-country.

The CM Box is fed in real time with weather, satellite and crop information and generates a set of indicators that are relevant for food security. The training covers the operation of a national crop yield monitoring and forecasting system in a food security context, in particular the interpretation of the maps and other outputs produced by the various tools.

Appropriate Use It strengthens the capacity of national experts to analyze weather data and to assess their current and future impact on crop production and food security. CM Box consists of individual modules which countries can select.
Scope Global, agricultural sector.
Key Output

Output of the software tools: indicators related to food security as text, maps and tables by provinces or districts.

Output of the training: Trainees can prepare crop and weather reports for the national food security system. Trainees are capable of operating the software independently, including the input of crop and weather data and the integration of ground and satellite information.

Key Input National datasets prepared by the trainees before the training.
Ease of Use Relatively easy to use for qualified experts with appropriate background.
Training Required It is part of the package.
Training Available Yes
Computer Requirements PC Windows 98 and above.
Documentation CM Box User Guide. Available at

Tailored training sessions performed in several countries, e.g. Cambodia, Congo DRC, Ethiopia, Malawi, Lao PDR.

Contacts for Framework, Documentation, Technical Assistance

René Gommes, Michele Bernardi

Environment, Climate Change and Bioenergy Division (NRC), FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy;

Cost Software used is free (see AgroMetShell). The cost of training sessions varies according to local needs.

CM Box User Guide: